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Recommended Reading: Jenny Lawson’s “Furiously Happy”

I’ve read plenty of funny books but only a select few have made me laugh out loud.  Chelsea Handler’s pre-fame memoir My Horizontal Life was one.  Chuck Palahniuk’s darkly comic novel Choke was another.  David Sedaris’s memoirs Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim both did.  These are the titles I laughed at even…

If I Had the Balls, I’d Be Philani Dladla

The words of this South African bibliovore make me think of changing my tagline.  The man sits on the median of Empire Road in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, reading.  He gives book reviews to drivers, enticing them to purchase a book from him.  The children’s books he gives away for free. Relentless.com is nipping at the heels of same-day…

Showrooming: Not Just for Barcodes Anymore

Oh, those folks who roam from shelf to shelf with their smartphones, finding what they want and scanning barcodes to see where they can find it cheapest.  They dart between the stacks, strenuously avoiding eye contact, knowing they are doing you a disservice but putting it out of mind by not actually speaking to a…

Indie Booksellers: This is What We’re Up Against

Steven Rosenbaum’s bedside lamp broke so he bought a cheap replacement on Amazon.  The lamp wasn’t quite right so he returned it, became overwhelmed with the number of online choices, and decided to visit a store nearby for help.  The salesman at Lighting by Gregory finds the exact lamp Rosenbaum needs but alas, it’s out of stock and…